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The Breathwork Companion: Unlock the Healing Power of Breathing

The Breathwork Companion: Unlock the Healing Power of Breathing

by Margaret Townsend
The Breathwork Companion: Unlock the Healing Power of Breathing

The Breathwork Companion: Unlock the Healing Power of Breathing

by Margaret Townsend


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This practical, accessible breathwork guide delivers a complete program of exercises, inspiring true stories, prompts, and more to give readers the skills they need to build and maintain a healing breath practice.
Imagine having a powerful wellness tool at your fingertips. A tool to keep you calm, increase energy, clarify your thinking, release muscle tightness—even give you a youthful glow. A tool that enhances and improves physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health and well-being, always at the ready whenever you need it. It’s not some miracle app. It’s your breath. And all you need to do is learn how to harness its power—its innate wisdom—which is exactly what Margaret Townsend, who has been a practicing breathwork facilitator for 30 years, teaches readers in The Breathwork Companion.

We learn the best ways to wake the body up in the morning and tune it down at night. How to strengthen the mind-body connection to boost the immune system and decrease inflammation. How to help with specific emotions including anger, fear, anxiety, worry, sadness, grief, fatigue, and stress. How to increase self-compassion and find a calmer, more balanced, steady state. Even how to breathe better while wearing a face mask.

The breath is one of our greatest natural resources. Given that we inhale and exhale roughly 20,000 times a day, we have countless opportunities to make the most of it. Here’s how to start.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781648290787
Publisher: Artisan
Publication date: 01/17/2023
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 425,300
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Margaret Townsend has been a practicing breathwork facilitator since 1993, teaching individual and group breathwork sessions. She is also a certified Hakomi mindful somatic psychotherapy practitioner, and is trained in mindful self-compassion, qigong, and nonviolent communication, with a background in dance, yoga, and fitness and a thirty-year meditation practice. Townsend is an affiliate member of the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance who received her breathwork certification from Judith Kravitz, founder of the Transformational Breath Foundation. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Part I Becoming Aware 17

1 Getting Familiar with the Breath

The Bridge from Unconscious to Conscious 19

2 Connecting Body, Brain, and Breath

An Integrated Intelligence 49

3 Recognizing the Patterns

Why We Breathe the Way We Do 97

Part II Opening Up 135

4 Being Kind to Yourself

Breathing as an Act of Self-Compassion 137

5 Moving with the Breath

Shaking, Swinging, Walking, Tapping 157

Part III Bringing the Breath to Life 189

6 Relying On the Breath

Lifelong Tools to Carry You 191

7 Breathing in Partnership

The Shared Experience of Breath 221

8 Building Your Breathwork Routine

Maintaining Your New Normal 237

Afterword 264

Resources 265

Acknowledgments 267

Index 269

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